For the past six months, I've been taking part in a live radio show every other Tuesday as a guest contributor to a morning show on Share Radio UK, a start-up digital radio station broadcasting in London and online. It's huge fun discussing myriad topical stories related to technology with Georgie Frost, presenter of the daily Consuming Issues show, in the segment called #FutureTech. For about 20-25 minutes, Georgie and I talk about issues and topics that matter to consumers, sharing our … [Read more...] about Talking tech on live radio
Far from changing the radio landscape, podcasting has been commandeered by the radio industry, says Richard MacManus in his post Radio Killed the Podcasting Star. As a podcaster myself, I'd say MacManus has written a fair assessment of a podcasting landscape that is indeed dominated by the mainstream media rather than by the independent voices with something to say that was envisioned in the audio medium's early days eight years ago. Then, podcasting was seen by many as the big challenger … [Read more...] about Podcasting in the long tail
Whatever else is going on about the London 2012 Olympics - border control nightmares at Heathrow, cracks in the M4 motorway, cellular network outages, not enough security staff - it looks like mainstream broadcast media have things well under control to offer amazing experiences throughout the games. The BBC already announced details of its blanket coverage for UK viewers, with live broadcasting every event in high definition available on multiple devices from traditional TVs to the web and … [Read more...] about The 2012 Olympics TV experiences look very good
If you do your grocery shopping in Tesco, you may already know that you can stay connected in the depths of the typical supermarket where no network signal usually reaches, thanks to Tesco's own wifi network in most stores. Now, you'll be able to enjoy your weekly shopping by listening to streaming music to your mobile device from the We7 internet radio station that Tesco just bought. It's free to listen to as it's currently ad supported. While this move is another step by the UK's biggest … [Read more...] about Stream (and buy) music while you do the grocery shopping
Broadcast industry regulator Ofcom confirmed this week that product placement â€“ paid-for references for products and services - will be allowed in UK TV programmes for the first time from next February. [â€¦] Ofcom has today [December 20] published the rules governing product placement, including what can and canâ€™t be shown on TV screens. We have also relaxed the rules on paid-for references to brands and products in radio programmes. Both sets of rules will enable commercial broadcasters … [Read more...] about Product placement comes to UK TV and radio
Did the first use of Twitter on live TV in the UK happen this morning? These tweets by ITV presenter Phillip Schofield certainly suggest so: I did tune in to â€œThis Morningâ€ for a few minutes after catching the first tweet. I didnâ€™t see the actual moment of tweeting, though. Schofieldâ€™s show is not one I usually watch (Iâ€™m clearly not the desired demographic); if nothing else his tweets captured another viewer, albeit for a fleeting moment :) While thereâ€™s been plenty of talk … [Read more...] about First UK use of Twitter on live TV?
The kerfuffle surrounding Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross and the BBC came to a conclusion of sorts a few days ago with Brand quitting, Ross suspended and the BBCâ€™s head of Radio 2 resigning. This story has many of the ingredients of the type of soap opera you typically see on British television these days including in-your-face foul language, mean behaviour masquerading as comedy, and sex. If youâ€™ve not been following the events that have been the top news headline in the UK all week, the … [Read more...] about An easy guide to destroying reputations
The hot news today isnâ€™t the global financial crisis. Nor is it the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not even the US presidential election. No, hot news in the UK this morning is the kerfuffle surrounding entertainers Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand who find themselves embroiled in mounting criticism over crude phone calls the pair made during Brandâ€™s BBC radio show on October 18 to veteran actor Andrews Sachs (best known for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers). The kerfuffle has spiralled … [Read more...] about Brand and Ross: Their publics may be their downfall